• VA officials thrashed during Congressional committee hearing in Aurora

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    AURORA - Despite breathtaking cost overruns, Congress remains committed to building the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs hospital here. During a rare field hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, lawmakers took over Aurora's city hall and used the chamber to lambaste senior...

  • North Dakota, Colorado allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal court has allowed North Dakota and Colorado to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land. The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to...

  • Colorado lawmakers advance ban on red-light, speed cameras

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    DENVER — A push to ban speeding and red-light cameras in Colorado advanced out of a key House committee but time is running out for the bill as the session nears its end. State legislators have tried for years to ban red-light and speeding cameras, which supporters say are used as...

  • Future growth of Colorado Springs addressed at infill workshop

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The city of Colorado Springs was 90 percent smaller in 1950 than it is today. How the city will continue to evolve, though, was the question for about 70 citizens who showed up Thursday for an infill and redevelopment workshop gauging public opinion. Why should we care? Because of...

  • Colorado Springs senator working on bill that could hinder Gaylord project

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman is working on a bill that would require a public vote before agricultural land can be declared blighted and eligible for urban renewal tax incentives, according to a draft version of the bill that The Gazette has seen. The bill doesn't have a number yet...

  • Testing bill gets broad bipartisan support in Colorado Senate

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that would reduce Colorado's testing schedule to the federal minimums passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support on a preliminary voice vote Thursday night. Senate Bill 257 is the more drastic of the two remaining testing reduction bills being considered by...

  • Colorado Springs citizens give Utilities an earful about climate change

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The meaning of Earth Day wasn't lost on Colorado Springs Utilities board members Wednesday, as more than two dozen citizens urged them to consider more renewable energy sources and to heed escalating climate change. The two-hour parade of speakers seemed to touch on every conceivable...

  • Douglas Bruce responds to assault allegations

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Douglas Bruce said Wednesday that recent allegations against him are an attempt to tarnish his reputation and he did nothing wrong in a courthouse incident this month. Bruce, 65, is accused of assaulting Dede Laugesen - executive director of Colorado Springs Government Watch and wife...

  • Klingenschmitt announces bigger political plans at Colorado Springs town hall

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    What was billed as a town hall meeting turned into a half-hour tease for Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt's announcement that he plans to run for a state Senate seat. Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, went through a list of his accomplishments in the state Legislature Wednesday at the...

  • Former governors support Hickenlooper's plan to maintain testing

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper received backup Wednesday from his gubernatorial predecessors, and together they pushed back against the anti-testing, anti-standards movement that has gained bipartisan traction in the Colorado Capitol. Former governors Roy Romer and Bill Owens, who faced their...

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